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What White Bread Can Do to Damage Your Teeth
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Getting enough grain is an important part of a healthy diet, so you may feel that bread is a good option. Certain varieties are, but white bread is not a good choice, especially when it comes to your oral health. Unfortunately, white bread is one of the worst foods for your teeth. Why is White Bread So Bad for Your Mouth? White bread is loaded with refined starches and carbohydrates. When you chew on the bread, the saliva breaks these starches down into sugar. It creates a paste-like substance, allowing the bread to stick to the crevices in between teeth, and it provides food for bacteria. The result may be decay, cavities, and gum disease. Is Wheat Bread Better? If you are craving a sandwich or some carbohydrates, whole wheat bread is a better option. This type of bread is less-refined and contains fewer added sugars that don't break down as easily. The flour for both white and wheat varieties are made from wheat berries, which contain three nutrient-rich components: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Whole wheat bread is processed, including all three parts, while white bread only uses the endosperm. Wheat bread offers many health benefits. It is high in fiber and other nutrients, including B vitamins, zinc, iron, and magnesium. Research has discovered that whole grains lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, and they support healthy digestion by giving bulk to stools and preventing constipation. Wheat bread can also help to reduce inflammation, which can help people who suffer from many chronic diseases. There are many reasons to choose wheat bread and whole grains over white bread, and your oral health is just one of them. If you have questions about changes to your diet might impact your teeth, please give our office a call to set up an appointment....
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It Is Important You Do Not Bleach Your Teeth Too Much
Posted on 4/25/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Like a lot of people, you may really like the look of clean, white teeth. There is nothing better than looking at your smile and being happy with what you see. However, did you know that if you overclean and overbleach your teeth, you could end up in worse shape than if you left your teeth alone? It's true. If you're not sure what we mean by overbleaching your teeth, keep reading. We want you to know that while white teeth are great, over-white teeth are not. Over-whitened Teeth = Oversensitive Teeth If you are using an over the counter product to whiten your teeth, there are specific instructions on the box that tell you how long you should whiten your teeth. The box also tells you how many days in a row you can whiten your teeth. Many people feel that if they double the time they bleach their teeth, they will double their whiteness. However, that is not the case. In fact, when you use over the counter products to whiten your teeth, you can cause real problems for your dental health if you bleach them. One reason you shouldn't over-whiten your teeth is because the bleaching agents use products to whiten that could strip the enamel from your teeth. Your enamel could also be left very thin in places, especially the front surfaces of your teeth. The over-whitening of your teeth may mean that the front of your tooth is weaker than the back of your teeth. Also, if you strip away all of the protectants for your tooth enamel, you might actually let acids and bacteria linger on your tooth's surface, which will cause them to yellow faster. Call Us for Information About Properly Whitening Your Teeth If you are not sure how to whiten your teeth properly, why not let us help you? We not only can help get your smile the whitest and brightest possible, but we can also make sure your teeth whitening is completely safe. Give us a call today!...
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Is Beet Sugar Any Safer for Your Teeth?
Posted on 4/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
If you are one of the millions of people who are trying to monitor their sugar intake, you may be looking into different sugar replacements, both natural and synthetic. While substituting regular table sugar in your morning coffee or a homemade treat, may cut back on your carbohydrate and calorie intake, you should also be aware of how it is affecting your oral health. Not all sugars are created equal and knowing the difference can help you maintain good oral health while changing your diet. Natural Sugar vs. Processed Sugar We are often asked if natural sugars are better than processed sugars, and our short answer is "Barely.” Often times manufacturers will label products natural just as a gimmick to trick the consumer into thinking that they are making a healthier choice. The only real difference between a natural sugar, like beet sugar and a processed sugar is that beet sugar may have other components that may be better for you. Natural sugars may contain minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, and while these things are admittedly good for you, we need to be clear; sugar is still bad for your oral health. The bottom line when it comes to table sugar and beet sugar is that they are only marginally different. While the beet sugar comes from sugar beets and table sugar comes from sugar cane, they are both pure sucrose and the bacteria in your mouth can not tell the difference. The bacteria will still feed on the sugar and eat away at the enamel of your teeth, leading to cavities, decay and even tooth loss. If you do choose to replace your regular table sugar with a natural sugar, please remember to brush and floss immediately after consuming the sugar. This will help you greatly reduce your risk for tooth decay. Remember to visit our office often for cleanings, give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you....
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All Posts:

What White Bread Can Do to Damage Your Teeth
5/15/2019
It Is Important You Do Not Bleach Your Teeth Too Much
4/25/2019
Is Beet Sugar Any Safer for Your Teeth?
4/15/2019
TMJ Issues Can Leave You with Ringing Ears
3/30/2019
Times Where You Need to Consider Covering Cosmetic Dental Issues with Veneers
3/20/2019
Crowns Need Special Care or They Could Break
2/25/2019
Crooked Teeth Can Lead to Many Oral Health Problems
2/15/2019
Managing the Pain of a Dental Abscess
1/30/2019
Lowering How Much Sugar You Consume Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
1/20/2019
What Options Do You Have for Tooth Whitening Procedures?
12/30/2018
What Missing Teeth Do to Facial Aesthetics
12/20/2018
Battle Bad Breath with Foods You Eat
11/30/2018
As a General Dentist, We Can Help with a Wide Array of Dental Problems
11/20/2018
Signs Your Enamel is Starting to Get Weak
10/20/2018
Do You Really Need to Use a Tongue Scraper?
9/30/2018
Do You Need a Fluoride Supplement?
9/20/2018
What to Look for When Buying a New Toothbrush
8/30/2018
What to Eat to Quickly Freshen Your Breath
8/20/2018
The Importance of Good Oral Health if you Have a Blood Disorder
7/20/2018
How Does Tooth Loss Affect Seniors?
7/10/2018
Many People Do Not Have Their Oral Health Prioritized Properly
6/23/2018
How to Get Past the Fear of a Root Canal
6/13/2018
Does Warm Weather Actually Harm Your Mouth?
5/23/2018
Does Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste Really Help?
5/13/2018
Does It Hurt to Floss Too Much?
4/20/2018
Dangers of Brushing Your Teeth Too Often
4/10/2018
Times Where Gingival Contouring Could Improve Your Oral Health
10/30/2010

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